David Lane teaches and inspires with AR music camp
A real guitar hero
By Monica Forrestall
For The Spectator
Have you ever heard of a summer camp that costs $5? Neither had I. But being in the Annapolis Royal area for two months this summer with a constantly curious seven-year-old son had me curious to check out a music camp I saw a flyer for at the Farmer's Market, that ran from August 10 to the 14 at ArtsPlace in Annapolis Royal.
The camp instructor, David Lane, is one of the town's own, son of Gene Lane. David left to study jazz at Saint FX and to get a music degree at Memorial University in St. John's. Then he traveled to teach music (among other things) in northern Quebec, in an Inuit community called Kangirsuk for the last three years.
Fortunately for the children of the area, David decided to "give back to the town he loves" and organized to offer a weeklong music camp while he was in town this summer. "My goal for the camp was to offer some universally accessible ideas that would appeal to all children, regardless of how much or how little musical instruction they may have had in their lives up ‘til then," explained David, "and to have a group of children working together to have fun with music."
With the involvement of the Annapolis Royal Recreation Department and the help of Grant Potter, David borrowed many different kinds of musical equipment, like tambourines, cowbells, guitars, a drum set, and a keyboard from the Annapolis Royal high school band association to demonstrate and to allow the children to try their hands at. David brought along a couple of his own instruments, namely a guitar and a trombone and invited the children to bring in instruments they had at home, which included a saxophone.
During the week there were three different sessions every day for varying age groups, with a total of 40 children signing up in a range of ages from five years to 17. "I was happily surprised by the large number of children who came and it was clear that every child there wanted to be there," added David.
The 20 children who signed up for the morning session sang songs, played musical games, watched David demonstrate instruments, and got to try them all as well. Elements of music theory, writing, and performing were also on the program.
And to explain the unusually low $5 fee, David really wanted the camp to be accessible to all. He donated the fees collected entirely to the high school band association. In the end David not only inspired local children with music, but may also have inspired people with skills and gifts they have to "just do it " and pass them along to children.